One flower of the gladiolus is almost ready. Still work in progress.
"It was just right. My parents loved it, the whole family was on it!"
This was such a nice assignment. For Christmas 3 children wanted to surprise their parents with a special gift. Together we came up with a magnolia tree branch. This tree was a beloved one in their parents garden.
The branch has five flowers. Besides the parents each family has its own flower. On the half-open flowerbud I printed a photo of their deceased son.
I've showed you a detail before of this lovely Linden branch. I wasn't quite sure if I could show you the branch, but I had permission!
This was a beautiful assignment. On the leaves you see the three children of my client R. The Linden branch was a gift for his girlfriend. 7 years ago, their son was born and passed away. Their second daughter was born and she carries the name Linde. That name has been given to her for a special reason, so that is why my client asked me to make a Linden branch. Thank you for the opportunity R. and H.!
Chantana Reemst and I met each other at a meeting of 1001lichtjes. Now we made two art cards, a symbol of our friendship. It is for sale in my shop now! (soon on Etsy too)
This is the one with the oak leaf, I'll show you the Jasmin flower soon.
I'm working on a great project together with Anne from Inspire Styling. We started a (hidden) groupboard on Pinterest for it, but I can't stop pinning! So addictive.
1. via Pinterest (source: BLACKMNML)
2. The depth of our soul by *Nishe
She sent me a picture of her son who was a few days old. A picture like this fits perfectly on a Birch leaf. In the email I sent her a text about the Birch that I found on the internet:
"The birch is associated with new beginnings and survival among all circumstances. The tree brings strength and protection in difficult times. Therefore, it is an old tradition to make cribs from birch wood so the little ones are protected."
A WOMAN'S HERBARIUM
Beautiful and sad moments
tears of happiness and sorrow
Memories, I cherish them as dried flowers and leaves in a herbarium
They made me to who I am.
A woman's herbarium shows the life of a woman on 12 different leaves, flowers and butterflies.
***Just before Christmas I was asked by EtsyNL to make an art object for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum has digitally photographed and uploaded a large part of their collection, which is now available online for public use in the Rijksstudio. They decided to collaborate with five Etsy artists from around the world to show examples of how these images could be used. You can imagine I couldn't resist. I loved working on it! Last week I received the photographs of the photoshoot by the Rijksmuseum. I can't stop smiling.....
Soon I'll show you all the items individually.
All the items are for sale in my Dutch shop and on Etsy.
You can see the work of the other artist over here.
And here in my Rijksstudio you can find the paintings I've used.
This item is part of the Rijksstudio project in collaboration with Etsy and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The museum has digitally photographed and uploaded a large part of their collection, which is now available online for public use. They decided to collaborate with five Etsy artists from around the world to show examples of how these images could be used. I was asked to create an art object. ** So proud **
I created a herbarium. The coming weeks I'll show you all of the 12 items.
This painting of Vermeer is one of the topitems of the Rijksmuseum. It was perfect for the wild rose. The flower is hand made of unbleached cotton and printed with the Rijksmuseum painting Brieflezende vrouw by Johannes Vermeer. It is for sale here and here.
Did you remember writing about my special project the last couple days? Well, it was a special package for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is part of a wonderful project Etsy ★ Rijksstudio. I hope to tell and show you more next week! For now, I leave you with some pictures of the museum.
Welcome to my unique garden, where beautiful personal flowers grow and memory leaves fall from the trees. It is a place for celebrating and cherishing the beautiful moments in life, like marriage, birth and holidays, but also a place for goodbyes and memories of people who aren’t here anymore.
In the Garden of Beautiful Memories you can be inspired by the stories behind the flowers and leaves I made for clients and for myself. You are welcome to wander around.